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Boycott: The story of the Dunnes Stores South Africa strike

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The Dunnes Stores strikers

In the mid-eighties 12 Dunnes workers went on strike for two and a half years, for the right not to handle goods from Apartheid South Africa. Nelson Mandela said that their stand helped keep him going during his imprisonment.

"We had made the decision as a company that we couldn't allow people in the organisation to decide what goods to sell and what not to sell."

- Ben Dunne, Former Director, Dunnes Stores

"Ben Dunne was saying he had the right to sell what he wanted to in his store. If Ben Dunne decided to sell stolen property it wouldn't mean I had to handle it."

- Cathryn O'Reilly, former striker

Five British MPs recently signed a Commons motion condemning Dunnes Stores over its dismissal of a Dublin worker for wearing a union badge. This is not the first time Dunnes Stores has been condemned internationally for it's treatment of staff.

In the mid-eighties 12 Dunnes workers went on strike for two and a half years for the right not to handle goods from Apartheid South Africa. The strikers were feted by Bishop Desmond Tutu and international human rights groups. Nelson Mandela said that their stand helped keep him going during his imprisonment.

When the violence and oppression of the white minority government in South Africa was at it's peak, the echo of protest could be heard half a world away in Dublin's Henry Street.

Producer: Karen Rodgers
Reporter: Facthna Ó Drisceoil

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